[By Nic Lindh on Thursday, 08 May 2008]
One in 25 Americans is a sociopath. This means, essentially, that they are incapable of feeling love or connectedness and exist in an emotional vacuum where the only thing that matters is to “win” over other people. The damage they cause the other 96% of the population is incalculable.
Martha Stout’s The Sociopath Next Door provides a chilling look into the minds of sociopaths as well as ways to recognize them and above all how to deal with them.
Stout uses exceptionally well written composites of case files from her years of experience as a practicing psychologist to drive home the damage sociopaths cause and how their victims have learned to cope.
The Sociopath Next Door is an important work, and one that deserves to be widely read.